Recently in Home Category

Laser Engraved Light Switch

I've used a laser cutter to engrave a light switch with symbols for the two switches outside my shower room:

  • Shower light and extractor fan
  • All other lights in the room
[White 2 gang light switch with a shower symbol engraved above the left switch and a light bulb engraved above the right switch]

Restoring a Garden Bench

More electric sanding, the remains of my mahogany wood stain and rubber feet... the second bench is now complete and back in the garden:

[Bench before starting work] [Bottom side of the bench after partial painting]

[Seat bars after painting] [Top side of the bench after partial painting]

[Bench outside on slabs next to the greenhouse]

Garden Bench with feet

I've now added rubber feet (solid rubber door stops) to the first garden bench and put it back outside:

[Bench leg with rubber door stop on the bottom]

[Bench outside on slabs next to the fence]

House Power Meter

I've recently installed an 80A Power Meter on the electricity supply to my house. It measures the current active, reactive and apparent power as well as providing a count of the total active and reactive energy. These reading are updated every second.

After installing a 100A isolator and pulling through extra cables, the installation of the power meter was relatively straight forward. It's in an enclosure with an 80A circuit breaker, located inside to avoid inconvenience if it ever trips, and because the distribution board doesn't have enough space for it.

[Closed metal enclosure with electricity supply input/output cables and RS485 cable] [Metal enclosure with lid open showing 80A and 6A circuit breakers and the Power Meter] [Metal enclosure with the cover off showing the circuit breakers and Power Meter] [Electricity distribution board with the live supply out of the 100A isolator going via the Power Meter]

I intend to write an Android app for a real-time view but for now I'm just collecting historical data:

Bar chart of total active energy usage for each day of the month with detailed views of active/reactive power usage and supply voltage

Restoring a Garden Bench

I've started restoring my garden furniture as the existing paint is now peeling off everywhere. I'm using an electric sander which is a lot easier than sanding by hand. Some mahogany wood stain has then been applied with a paintbrush to the bench, floor covering and my clothes.

The first bench is now complete:

[Bottom side of the bench after sanding] [Seat bars before sanding]

[Top side of the bench after sanding] [Bottom side of the bench after partial painting]

[Top side of the bench after completion of painting]

Garage Roof

The roof on my garage had been leaking for over a year; it has now been replaced by Taylor Joinery Services.

[Original garage roof with felt] [Garage without roof]
[Garage with wood roof only] [New rubber garage roof]

Let There Be Light

The garage electricity supply had been unusable for a while; there appeared to be a fault somewhere on the supply cable (which was only protected by some discontinuous piping) causing it to frequently short out and trip the circuit breaker.

A new armoured cable has now been laid and I've replaced the customer unit. I now have working lights in the garage and the garden with plenty of scope for future electricity use up to 63A... there are now extra sockets, including some outside for the lawn mower.

[Armoured cable with outer layer partially stripped] [Armoured cable with armour layer cut] [Armoured cable fitted to gland with inner layer stripped]
[Garage consumer unit with supply armoured cable fitted] [Powered garage consumer unit] [Electricity meter board with garage supply switch]

Happy New Towel Rail

Happy New Year! Towel Rail.

[Kitchen Towel Rail]

New House

I've moved house (still in Dalgety Bay).
There are now cables running everywhere - in the loft,
under the floor,
and extra sockets in the wall.
A new satellite dish provides Freesat service.
There are three bedrooms (so I now have a guest room as well as computer room) and a separate dining room.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries in the Home category.

Green is the previous category.

Information Security is the next category.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Content authored by myself is just my honest opinion. If you find any words or pictures menacing or offensive, stop reading now.

Jabber

simon@arlott.org.uk
  • Linux
  • Get Firefox!
  • Get Thunderbird!